Tracy Chapman made a rare appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers on Monday (Nov. 2) to deliver a pre-Election Day performance of her classic single “Talkin’ ‘Bout a Revolution.”
“Don’t you know/ Talkin’ bout a revolution/ It sounds like a whisper/ And finally the tables are starting to turn/ Talkin’ bout a revolution/ It’s finally the tables are starting to turn/ Talkin’ bout a revolution, go vote/ Talkin’ bout a revolution, go vote,” the singer-songwriter crooned against a simple black backdrop while strumming her acoustic guitar — changing the lyrics of the final stanza to encourage viewers to vote.
As Chapman quietly stepped out of the shot, the word “vote” was also revealed behind her on a small placard. “This is the most important election of our lifetime. It is imperative that everyone vote to restore our democracy,” she said in a statement about the performance.
“Talkin’ ‘Bout a Revolution” was first featured as the second single on the folk singer’s 1988 self-titled debut album. Following lead single “Fast Car,” the politically-charged song peaked at No. 75 on the Billboard Hot 100, and has been covered by everyone from Living Colour and Reel Big Fish to Ben Jelen and Playing for Change‘s Clarence Bekker in the years since.
While the social activist and four-time Grammy winner’s most recent full-length studio set was 2008’s Our Bright Future, she last appeared on the final season of The Late Show with David Letterman back in 2015.
Watch Chapman’s stirring performance of “Talkin’ ‘Bout a Revolution” below.